Arts & Entertainment

Pendleton Round-Up back in the saddle

The 101st Pendleton Round-Up is gearing up for another year of the cowboy way with a parade, top-name entertainment, Happy Canyon pageantry and its world-famous rodeo.

The parade starts at 10 a.m. Sept. 10 with plenty of floats, marching bands, car clubs, rodeo courts and clowns that will travel through the heart of downtown and end at the rodeo grounds.

And that's just the start of eight days of cowboy fun.

Ronnie Dunn performs a concert starting at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 on the Happy Canyon stage next to the rodeo grounds. Dunn canceled a concert appearance in Yakima earlier this year, so this is a second chance to hear the other half of the famous Brooks and Dunn country singing duo. Tickets cost $40 to $130 and are available at

The world class rodeo starts at 1 p.m. Sept. 14-17. The event is sold out the last night but there are still tickets available for Sept. 14-16.

Sept. 14-15 tickets are $15 to $20. Sept. 16 tickets are $18 to $25. For tickets, call 800-457-6336.

The Children's Rodeo starts the rodeo festivities at 11 a.m. Sept. 14.

"The Children's Rodeo offers special needs children the opportunity to be cowboys and cowgirls for an hour of fun inside the famous Round-Up arena," said Casey White, communications coordinator for the Intermountain ESD.

About 40 children with either mental or physical disabilities will take part in the rodeo. For more information, call 541-966-3115 or email

The annual Happy Canyon pageant begins at 7:45 p.m. each night starting Sept. 14. Tickets are $10 to $17.

The colorful pageant takes the audience on a journey into the past with a historical account of early Native American culture, conflicts with white settlers and fighting and how the two cultures finally learned to live in peace.

A full schedule of events can be found at

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